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by tel
Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cat and Girl Drop XKCD Link
Replies: 18
Views: 3539

Cat and Girl Drop XKCD Link

Cat and Girl, another webcomic, one written and drawn by the very talented Dorothy Gambrell, has just recently dropped a link to XKCD from its page. I started reading XKCD because of that link. What's up with that?
by tel
Fri Nov 16, 2007 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Surfer with a new theory of everything?
Replies: 39
Views: 5751

Re: Surfer with a new theory of everything?

I've read through the paper, and speaking for all of the physicists who view the search for a GUT as a religious quest, I say that the math in this paper is too simple. On behalf of physicists everywhere I demand that the face of our god be both irreducibly complex and unknowable. Otherwise, I'm nev...
by tel
Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What has physics done for society lately?
Replies: 73
Views: 6601

What has physics done for society lately?

I'm a physics major, and when I get down to talking about scholastic matters with non-physics majors (especially those damn snooty philosophy majors) one of the questions that I tend to get asked a lot is "what has physics done for society lately?" I mean, everyone knows about the atomic b...
by tel
Tue Nov 13, 2007 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: IB Extended Essay ~ need ideas =P
Replies: 20
Views: 11253

Re: IB Extended Essay ~ need ideas =P

Oh I remember that series of hoops through which they made us jump. Good luck kid, you're going to need it to not chuck the whole program in frustration like so many of us have. and the other one was about this question "Time traveling possible or not?" That being said, I'd avoid this one ...
by tel
Thu Oct 18, 2007 12:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Father of modern genetics claims blacks stupider than whites
Replies: 124
Views: 11792

Father of modern genetics claims blacks stupider than whites

In his latest display of scientific rigor and good taste, Dr James Watson, co-discoverer of the helical structure of DNA and widely regarded as a doyen (or a douchebag, depending on who you speak to) in the field of genetics, now claims that black people do not possess "powers of reason" e...
by tel
Wed Oct 17, 2007 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What is the mass of a feather?
Replies: 229
Views: 320525

Re: What is the mass of a feather?

Don't forget to take the gravitational effect of your laser/measurement system into account though. Yeah, and if the feather rotates at all don't forget the geodetic and frame dragging forces either. Also be sure to renormalize its quarks. I dunno, it seems like if you just put the feather on a tri...
by tel
Tue Oct 16, 2007 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Please explain this definition of e
Replies: 3
Views: 1387

Re: Please explain this definition of e

Well, the idea is that if you just had some constant C, then the derivative of C^x is (C^x)*Ln[C], where that last term is the natural log (you can derive this formula from the definition of the derivative of C^x: http://i224.photobucket.com/albums/dd113/telamonian/e0f586bfb9293ca45d034689b0d82886.p...
by tel
Tue Oct 16, 2007 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Internet Wakes
Replies: 10
Views: 1592

Re: Internet Wakes

Love the idea (and the name), but having the clients have to actively check in is probably asking for it. In fact it seems like having to constantly check whether or not someone is really dead could quickly become the largest expense for such a company. You'll probably end up just having to ask that...
by tel
Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How important are Economics in Politics?
Replies: 24
Views: 2440

Re: How important are Economics in Politics?

Canada's Federal Accountability Act aside, the same economic tradeoffs are going to be inherent in any given law regardless of whether or not an individual can use lobbyists to end up on the most beneficial side of said tradeoff.
by tel
Tue Oct 16, 2007 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How important are Economics in Politics?
Replies: 24
Views: 2440

Re: How important are Economics in Politics?

If you don't think that the process of passing or revoking a law is directly related to economics, consider this: behind almost every law that gets passed or blocked these days there's going to be some kind of organized lobbying effort, and behind that lobbying effort there's going to be someone who...
by tel
Fri Oct 05, 2007 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wireless power: hokum, bullshit, or the cure for cancer?
Replies: 19
Views: 3066

Re: Wireless power: hokum, bullshit, or the cure for cancer?

2) inducing currents/heating things that you don't intend to. so you are wirelessly powering your ipod when your cat wanders between the charger and the ipod. if kitties collar happens to be the wrong size its going to get hot. See, that's just it, that's the lovely thing about Karalis's scheme: it...
by tel
Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wireless power: hokum, bullshit, or the cure for cancer?
Replies: 19
Views: 3066

Wireless power: hokum, bullshit, or the cure for cancer?

So I don't actually know if this has made the rounds in this forum or not, but a couple of months ago a team at MIT led by a guy named Karalis published the experimental results from a scheme they came up with for efficient wireless power transmission. They claim that, at a spacing of eight feet, on...
by tel
Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2377511

Re: POST HERE FIRST - INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hey everyone, I'm Tel, and I'm posting on this forum at an ungodly hour of the morning in order to avoid falling asleep in order to avoid doing the rest of my work. I'm a senior physics major (WOOO! PHYSICS!) at Reed College (YEAH! PORTLAAAAND!), and I'm into nerdy girls, creative writing, and trans...
by tel
Fri Oct 05, 2007 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stopping a bullet with induction
Replies: 61
Views: 8882

Re: Stopping a bullet with induction

Magnetic repulsion of just about anything is indeed possible. Just ask the poor frog some dudes in Japan used for this demonstration: http://youtube.com/watch?v=dJ_gzB0WKF0 The real problem is that the magnets required to produce this effect need to be made from superconducting material, which in tu...

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